Skateboarders jump for joy after park plan is approved

The Skate Park Collective celebrate outside the County Buildings
The Skate Park Collective celebrate outside the County Buildings

Dreams of creating a skate park in Tay Bridgehead have come a step closer to reality after plans were rubber-stamped by councillors.

The park, which will be sited at Waterstone Crook sports complex in Newport, was the brainchild of a group of young people calling themselves the Newport Skate Park Collective.

Now they’re well on the way to raising the £150,000 they need to bring the ambitious project to fruition.

It’s hoped that work will begin next spring on building the concrete facility, which will be situated between two fooball pitches, one of which is floodlit.

It will incorporate a number of features including ramps, rails and a bowl where the young skateboarders can show off their trickier manouevres.

The plans were approved unanimously by north east Fife planning committee despite a ‘not insignificant number’ of objections from neighbouring residents concerned about noise, possible anti-social behaviour and bad language, and the impact on the environment.

As a condition of approval, a liaison group is to be set up comprising members of the Collective and residents living near the site, which will meet on a quarterly basis to address any issues of concern.

Tay Bridgehead councillor Bill Connor said: “I am very pleased that the committee has approved this as the lads have worked very hard on this project and they have widespread community support.”